Hi, just wondering if I need a steel beam to go across the header for
my planned garage door that I am going to frame into an existing
detached workshop. Or, can I just use some 2x4s or 2x10s? Single
story, shingle roof, wood siding, garage to be 7x16 feet, aluminum.
Hi, thanks for the response... Do you mean a metal plate sandwiched
between two 2x10s? Is this something I construct myself, or do I buy
it this way? I'm also trying to picture how it would look when
installed? A lot of garage doors in the area seem to have a visible
piece of metal near the header, visible from the outside of the
garage, that runs the length of the garage and is parallel to the
horizon. I don't know what that is???
Hi, I'm not designing the structure or the opening. I'm merely asking
so that I can be knowledgeable when speaking with, or selecting
contractors and also when determining if they are doing the job
properly. I didn't plan on doing the job myself unless I felt it was
within my sphere of experience which, thanks to many of the comments
posted here and in other groups, I now feel confident that it really
If you're using standard trusses or rafters and there is no
concentrated load over the opening you can use a 1/2" plywood flitch
Nail it through with 3" (not 3-1/2") 16d's every 6" staggered (thats a
lotta nails, use a gun), so you don't split the wood.
Build the beam on the concrete floor than hoist it up into position.
You'll need a friend or two to do the hoisting.
Don't forget the DOUBLE jack studs on each end.
If you're hiring profesionals to do this they already know how its
I have no idea what that is.
Post a pik somewhere and I'll take a look.
A flitch plate would not be visible because its BETWEEN the (2)
You must be talking about some sort of external trimwork or something.
I wouldn't wish that on YOUR worst enemy.
Those things are basically junk.
#3 dense wood, huge nominal spacings, cheap connectors, knots
A friend has one and its windyer inside than out.
Not much better than a tarp and some tent poles but alot more
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